U.S. President Barack Obama and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands. (Photo by Ian Waldie - Pool/Getty Images)

Japan’s Prime Minister Announces $1M Gift to Smithsonian

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is announcing a $1 million gift to the Smithsonian’s Asian art museums during his visit to Washington.


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2R) and his wife Akie Abe (L) pose with US President Barack Obama (R) and US First Lady Michelle Obama (2L) before a state dinner at the White House April 28, 2015 in Washington, DC.    AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

State Dinner Offers New Chef And Chopsticks For The Brave

President Barack Obama’s state dinner for the prime minister of Japan offered guests a new chef, new china and the specter of chopsticks — a daunting challenge for some nervous newcomers, no big deal to others.


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Japanese Police Investigating Death Threats Against Caroline Kennedy

Japanese police are investigating phone calls threatening to kill U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and another American envoy, authorities said Wednesday.


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‘Let The Nightmare For Japan Begin': ISIS Releases Video Showing Purported Beheading Of Japanese Hostage

An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man.



Another ISIS Deadline Passes As Fates Of Japanese, Jordanian Hostages Unknown

The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is holding them captive.


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Japan Putting Its Trust In Jordan To Help Gain Release Of Hostage Held By ISIS

Japan said it was putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, after the latest message purportedly from his captors extended until sundown Thursday in the Middle East the deadline for the Jordanians to release an Iraqi prisoner.



ISIS Supporters Circulate Message On Twitter Saying Japanese Hostages Have Been Executed

Militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have posted an online warning that the “countdown has begun” for the group to kill a pair of Japanese hostages.


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Mother Of Japanese Journalist Held By ISIS Begs For His Life

The “My son is not an enemy of the Islamic State,” pleaded the mother of one of two Japanese hostages being held for ransom by ISIS as the deadline for payment nears.



Japan Scrambling To Negotiate With ISIS To Secure Hostages’ Release

Lacking strong clout and diplomatic reach in the Middle East, Japan scrambled Thursday for ways to secure the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate.


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Study: Climate Change Could Alter Human Male To Female Ratio

Study finds an increase in the deaths of male fetuses in Japan as temperatures fluctuate from the norms.